Urban Solace
Urban Solace

Urban Solace

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.urbansolace.net/
  • Phone: 6192956464x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm, Saturday: 10:30am - 4:00pm. Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 9:30am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Matt Gordon
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: We do have limited availability for larger groups. Please contact the restaurant for more details.
  • Entertainment: We feature live bluegrass music every Sunday for our famous "Blue Grass Brunch", from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: University
  • Public Transit: We are located at the transit hub of 30th and University Ave.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Generally there is plenty of street parking available as well as the North Park parking garage directly across from the restaurant. Entrance to the garage is on 29th Street just south of University
A word from Urban Solace
Join us at Urban Solace Restaurant, featuring New American Comfort Food and a fantastic selection of West Coast wines, handcrafted beer and a full selection of liquor.
We are located in the heart of North Park’s “Restaurant Row”, near bustling neighborhoods of Hillcrest, South Park and University Heights, and just north of Downtown San Diego and Balboa Park. We are open seven days a week and feature our famous “Bluegrass Brunch” every Sunday.
Reservations are generally only for the interior dining room. The patio is reserved for walk-in guests. On special occasions such as New Years Eve and Valentines Day, the patio is used for reservations as well. If you do not want to sit outside, please call the restaurant once you have made your reservation online.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Urban Solace reviews from OpenTable diners
159 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (110)fit for foodies (109)great for outdoor dining (66)special occasion (58)good for groups (54)romantic (41)great for lunch (40)great for brunch (40)hot spot (30)notable wine list (24)vibrant bar scene (23)late-night find (18)kid-friendly (11)scenic view (1)Show More
  • another successful visit
    jose
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    One of my favorite locations in San Diego, I had to bring my east coast friend for at least one meal. My girlfriend and I brought our friend for what ended up being "Blunch", instead of brunch. It was everything we hoped. Biscuits& gravy, grits, fries, and grilled cheese sandwiches were all on-point!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sweet and Savory!
    Jacci
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The mix flavors you wouldn't expect and it's awesome! The hanger steak with the blue cheese potato puffs is amazing! The servers are really nice too and always have great recommendations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Warm and Welcoming
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Our meal was delicious and satisfying, filled with wholesome ingredients. The staff was attentive and very pleasant, with a great attitude towards my picky guests. We were there for about 5 hours and the service was excellent until the moment we left.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced Drinks
    1TrippyTraveler
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The food was good at Urban Solace but $11.50 for 3 oz drinks is simply absurd. Who puts up with that anyway? The service was also a little slow. If the drinks were larger and the service was better, I would give this a 5 star review.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I took my family for an anniversary celebration. The food was delicious and the service friendly. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. I would definitely go back and try other menu selectionns.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful meal - very urban
    Happy2commentVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We've been there for lunch but not in a while - first time for dinner and it was quite good. Share the Mexican shrimp appitizer; my husband had the roasted chicken (ate down to the bone) and I loved my duck. Small but very good wine by the glass list - had a great white from Spain. Ate outside starting early at 6 p.m. on a Friday and when left at 7:30 it was packed and pretty noisy. Several families (nice) and a group mix of people.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Will Be Back!
    OTDiner
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I enjoyed the sweetbreads, biscuits, cocktails, and pot de creme. Duck confit was surprisingly dry, but all accompaniments to the dish were paired well. Beef cheeks were a bit under seasoned. Good value for portion size. Attentive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Layers of flavors
    Babsala
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Wonderful dishes with layers of flavors from the salads through main dishes and desserts. I requested a substitution for the pickled greens and received wonderful sautéed vegetables with lardons that were to die for. Unfortunately, the grits that were supposed to be under my chicken were missing, but they did provide once I pointed it out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • They Never Disappoint!
    food4thought
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Urban Solace is my go-to choice when I want to go somewhere with excellent food, service and a diverse menu. I've gone several times with groups of 6 or more, several with food restrictions, where everyone ordered something different off the menu and not one person was disappointed with their meal - a rarity in my experience. Great cocktails, an excellent wine menu and a knowledgeable, friendly staff, Urban Solace is a great place for foodies without the San Diego snooty-foodie attitude.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always delightful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I always enjoy the food at Urban Solace. The service is always great. Thanks for another great dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • PTJPTJVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    This is a solid though not spectacular restaurant. Seating on the patio is quite pleasant. Service is good. The mustard-crusted mahi mahi was moist and expertly prepared.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    Hungry1SDVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The food and service is always spot on. It was my second visit to the restaurant and there will definitely be future visits. The cheese board was generous-- I didn't care for the think crisps they served so they promptly brought additional slices of fig bread. The skirt steak was cooked to a perfect medium rare. The fries are to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Incredible food and service
    Mark
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Stopped in before swing dance lessons at Queen Bee's (block+ away and also recommended) for quick dinner and server recommended the Sea Bass (she ordered it) and Meatloaf (ordered for myself). Both were UNBELIEVABLY good and we would both order both of them again. Server was attentive and helpful without being overbearing even though we were one of only 4 tables eating in the early evening. Manager also came by to check on our satisfaction (emma) and commented she was a big fan of both of our dishes. While I had been to Urban Solace before for happy hour and blunch, this was OUR first time for dinner. If you haven't visited US you need to. Five stars food, service and fun. p.s. yes, that is a picture of Ron Burgundy on the Bar wall.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • urban solace is a great name
    AstroGastro
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Alas, I didn't take a photo of what we ate, as the presentation was quite good. I had the not your mama's meatloaf which was very tasty (mix of lamb, beef and pork, I think). I was a bit skeptical about the mixture thing but it was quite good. I stole some of my son's hanger steak and that was fantastic. A poster of Will Ferrell was very prominent over the bar area and I have to ask what the connection there is. Forgot to ask.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Saw this on tv and couldn't wait to try it! The food was inventive and delicious! Our server Dennis was great! Overall a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love at First Bite
    NPSawstress
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I love both Solace and Urban Solace. (I only wish they hosted jazz music. It's my only complaint.) The food is super, they offer a terrific gluten free menu and have a decent kids menu. I wish their brunches started earlier but when I could eat gluten, the biscuits and gravy were worth the wait. I'm glad this gem in my neighborhood. Eat your heart out!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worthy
    Stirfry
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    So far the biscuits and deserts have been solid standouts, fantastic even. The service has always been knowledgeable, prompt and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food
    Table4U2
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We have been here twice and the food is very good. The noise level is a bit loud for conversation but not unbearable... they were nice to seat us in a more secluded section. It is advisable to make reservations on a Friday night... there was a huge line to get in when we left. Good experiences and would recommend.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oasis on 30th
    Randy
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    This is our second visit to Urban Solace and both times, we have appreciated the food's high quality and the excellent service. The watermelon salad was delicious. We dined early on this occasion; so the happy hour was an added bonus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expecting more, pleasant though
    managingexpectations
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    From overseas. Came for dinner. Ambience was nice, chose to sit outside but you can smell the smoke from the streets, couldn't be helped. Service was fine, friendly, basic, average, enough. Food wise; ordered the biscuits (savory scones) which were excellent. Must try! Mains; 1/2 roast chicken with grits; very average, skip. Pork belly: well cooked, garnished with spring onions/green onions and coriander/cilantro. So I think a side of creamy, cheesey, mashed potatoes is out of place. Braised beef cheeks; had better, better than the chicken. Steak; best of the 4, ordered medium, must be the cut because it was quite "stringey" and tough - should have ordered medium rare or rare. Disappointed, wasn't disastrous. Wouldn't return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    gaba
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food is really excellent. Pricy, but you get what you pay for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish!
    DiscerningDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Every time I take someone new to this restaurant, it just shines! The food is always stellar and the waitstaff is friendly and knowledgeable. I love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • okay
    Santolino
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I think my expectations were set too high. The food was very good but a little high for the selection, quality and creativity.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Service
    ARC87
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Walking in, we were greeted very warmly and loved our server. I wish I could remember his name. We sat outside in the patio and it was very cute. Some funky art on the walls and draping lights. The food is a little pricey. We paid about 23 for their meatloaf plate and almost 18 dollars for chicken and dumplings. I thought it was all just Ok (except for the biscuits! YUMMMMM), but my boyfriend loved everything.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fried Oysters
    TimSanDiego
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    These were the best Fried Oysters I've ever had. Including the sauce. (And I'm from Maryland!!). The Beef Cheeks were outstanding as well. I'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Chicken and dumplings were delicious. Hangar steak was cooked perfect and the tartare was yummy. Urban also has good selection of beers and great cocktails. Service is always excellent as usual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • goko
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This was our second time here and the experience was just as good as the first time. The menu has options that should meet anyone's needs and the wine prices are excellent. Alyson, our server, provided us with good information as we were narrowing down our choices and it was a pleasure having her interact with us. The overall meal is a great value for such good and interesting food. Four of us each had a dinner and we shared three appetizers/sides and two bottles of wine and the bill was about $200. The outside dining area really reminds me of New Orleans. If it ever rains in San Diego again, I would love to eat out there and enjoy the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Lovely Place for Lunch
    Susie
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Just found this place in North Park on 30th, just below University. Great service. Good Food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner
    mmmcd65
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Great place, great atmosphere, great food, but service was very slow. Overall, very good. I have been here many times and will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GREAT
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    GREAT sums up the experience my wife and I just had here. We decided to try Urban Solace for the first time for my wife's birthday and will definitely be coming back. The service was great, attentive but not pushy. Our waitress gave us recomendations when we asked but never forced anything on us. The drinks were well mixed and unique. And of course, the food! The duckaroni was rich and creamy but the arugula kept it from becoming to thick with each bite. We had the tuna chop chop, hanger steak and pork belly as well which were all familiar yet unique with their additions and sides. GREAT
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not your old chicken n' dumplings!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I never thought I would find chicken n' dumplings that could rival mine, but these are pretty darn close. The fried sage and firm dumplings made me forget howuch I disliked drop dumplings. Our waitress was pure perfection and was able to answer every question. Next time I'm in SD I will definitely visit Urban Solace.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You like what you like
    TierrasantaFoodie
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Right out of the chute, we were informed that they don't carry "the usual name-brand" liquors. This is a problem if you are Grey Goose martini drinkers. And, we are. The organic vodka we were offered instead, didn't compare. The appetizers were ok. Yellow tail chop chop -- very average, fried oysters -- good. My friend got the duck confit and she said it was delicious. Others at my table ordered the sea bass (over sauced) and the quinoa burger (good). Lastly, I had the burger with avocado. The garlic was overpowering. They pride themselves on the organic meat and yet I couldn't even taste it. All that I could taste was garlic. A very disappointing night considering the amount of great restaurants around town.
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  • Unique
    Pamm
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Love the variety on the menu. And when we couldn't decide which draft beer to order, samples were forthcoming. That made deciding easy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleased
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Finally was able to take husband to this restaurant which I had already tried and am pleased to say it did not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fine Dining Comfort Food
    chefrude
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    The food is amazing. Menu changes with what's in season. Priced right. Been here several times and never disappoints. The smoked tomato jam is house made. Love it!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maybe I ordered the wrong thing.
    Billy
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We typically love Urban Solace and like to take our friends there. That being said, of the four people in our party, one had what a really good meal ("Pulled Chicken and Dumplings"). Both of the Sea Bass orders were over cooked and smelled fishy. The Beef Cheeks were fattier than I remember. While the meat tasted good, the ribbon of fat running through made it difficult to eat.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not your typical home cooking
    SDFoodie4life
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Be prepared to be wowed! They aren't kidding, the 'Not your mothers meat loaf' is nothing like my mom ever made. This is my new fav restaurant in San Diego.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd time around as good as the 1st
    justme
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We'd been to Urban Solace once before several months ago and were eager to find an excuse to return. The atmosphere and decor can only be described as early miscellaneous and oddly welcoming. It did feel a bit like coming home, even though we'd only been there once before. Allison was our waitress and was wonderful; a marvelous advisor for choices to be made. Some of our party was late getting to the restaurant, but there was no problem getting a table for those on time and service while waiting. The food is very unique (I had the Duck Confit with allspice rub-YUM!2 of us had the Chicken and Dumplings and 2 the prime rib special.) Everyone was pleased with their choices. Desserts were WOW! It is pricey, but overall, SO worth-it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sea bass gone wrong
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Unfortunately I had the sea bass which was so dry over done . I wouldn't go back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth the Visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Just got back in town from Vegas...Was hungry and all the lines. This made me feel I was back in SD. Great spot. Good food...Totally worth it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic